Tell us a little bit about what you do
My name is Lily Dudley and I am a graduate Textiles Designer. I have studied at UCA for the past five years graduating with a BA Honors Degree. As a textile designer I design prints and surface designs for fashion and interiors, but what people don’t realise is that textile designers will design for other areas such as graphic designs for websites or products, architectural design, installations and many more. For me my passion lies in designing for fashion and interiors. I specialist skill is hand printing. The majority of the designs that I produce I will print using traditional hand processes such as silkscreen printing, but I always try and take a contemporary twist on this.
What was the last picture you took on your phone?
The last photographs I took on my phone is my desk after handing in my final collection for my degree. This was a very proud moment for me, as I have produced a printed fashion collection (Six Outfits) in six months, hand printed and hand made by me!
What’s your motto, or favourite saying?
I’ve always loved the saying ‘Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much’
What does a perfect day look like to you?
A perfect day for me would be warm summers day, cruising in a classic car, going to the beach with a picnic and relaxing! Oh I so need this day now I have handed in my degree!
If you could witness any event (past, present or future), what would it be?
I would have loved to witness either the dances during the 1940s and 1950s or the victory street parties when the Second World War was declared to be over!
What skill would you like to learn?
As a designer there are so many creative skills I would love to learn (not helped by my addiction to pinterest). For me the main skill would be to learn how to do pin striping.
What do you feel most proud of?
For me I am most proud of the internship that I did with the iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. I lived with this amazing woman for five weeks and worked in her studio. She has always been my favourite person ever!! But to work along side her design for her collections was such an honour and a time I will never forget! From this experience I have a print in production with the clothing company People Tree which is available in there store now.
Why did you choose your profession?
I have always been creative, and always encouraged to do what I am passionate about. I originally studied to be a photographer, however when I came to the decision to start a degree I realised that photography is a very difficult profession to get into. I also felt that my design skills and creative passion would not be used to its full potential in photography; so I decided to do a year course (Pre degree) in fashion and textiles print. At this point I knew that this was the profession for me!
How do you spend your free time?
I either spend my free time designing for other projects outside of the university, or enjoying my other passion, which is vintage/ rockabilly fashion, lifestyle and cars.
What are your top favourite three books, and why?
Although I am nearly 22 my favourite book is still are the one that I loved as a child…Jungle Book! But through my studying I discovered the amazing photographer Tim Walker who’s book ‘Story Teller’ I found fascinating, the images are so theatrical they each have a story to themselves. My other favourite book is Anne Franks Diary. I read this book many times growing up, but I re-read this book after visiting the house Anne hid in during WW2 and the story became even more amazing to read.
If I could browse through your music collection, what would be your guilty pleasure?
My music collection mainly consists of music between 1940-1960 however my guilty pleasure I would probably say is You Me At Six. (Loved this band growing up!)
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